ADAM SMITH

 


Archival pigment prints

Available in (11"x14"); (16"x 20") inch print sizes

Signature & edition on print verso

Framed upon purchase, if desired. 


ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

 

Adam Smith graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1999, with a degree in business and a love of photography. Time spent in Mississippi provided Smith with unique opportunities to document the landscape and music of the state, especially the blues and the indelible culture which surrounds it. In this fertile environment, Smith photographed several blues legends, and his photographs captured the interest of world acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz, who needed assistance on a shoot in the Mississippi Delta, Smith was personally requested for his knowledge of the region and his relationships with the blues artists. Adam was again asked to assist for Leibovitz in 2010, which featured Gabourey Sidibe for a promotional “Precious” spread in Vanity Fair Magazine.

After time spent in Mississippi, Smith moved to Atlanta where he managed the Department of Photography at the Atlanta College of Art. The following and current years brought Smith back to his hometown of Macon, Georgia where he is pursuing his career as a freelance photographer.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith

In 2010, Smith again worked with Marty Stuart to shoot for his most recent grammy nominated album "Ghost Train" in Nashville's famed RCA/Victor studio B. The album went on to win a grammy. In 2008 Smith was selected as Photographer of the Year by the 11th Hour in Macon, GA. His work has appeared in galleries in Oxford, Mississippi, Atlanta, Georgia and Macon, Georgia. His photographs have been chosen for permanent display at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Smith's “I fell down on my Knees” image was chosen to be used on Alan Greenberg's Robert Johnson book Love In Vain 2012, with forward by Martin Scorsese.

Smith respects and admires those he shoots, remaining interested in their lives and careers long after he has captured their images. Smith's work is best described by those who know it well and were kind enough to publish their opinions which you will notice throughout this website. His most recent efforts include a photography book. Smith’s book, Mornin’ Ain’t Come Yet: A look into the Music and Landscape of the deep south will feature a thorough look into his photography career that has spanned more than 15 years.

RECOGNITION:

"Adam Smith captures the essence of the modern day South in all its extension cord run out the bedroom window, Peavey powered back yard house party, midnight mosquito ridden fluorescent light glory. From the pool tables of back road juke joints to the sleeping bag on the floor of a punk rock touring van, Adam Smith's photographs make you hold your nose, yearn for earplugs and a semi-working window unit air conditioner. They don't call it the Dirty South for nothin!" 
     -Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars & Black Crowes

 

"Adam Smith is one of my all time favorite photographers. He shoots lean, neat and to the point. He understands the dance between music and photography and knows how to capture it. He eases up on a musical situation in the form of a ghost and his results are always timeless." 
     -Marty Stuart

 

"Georgia based music photographer Adam Smith’s “The Last of Their Kind” is an intriguing look at blues legends like the late Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside. Shot mostly in rural Mississippi, the series chronicals these musicians doing what they do best on dilapidated porches and abandoned freight cars, and at live shows and Juke Joints." 
     -Paste Magazine’s Editors Picks October 2006